On the evening of 18th September, 2006 we received news that a cow elephant had died on Ol Pejeta Ranch near Nanyuki, and with her was her milk dependent calf, who was desperately trying to awaken its dead mother. This female elephant and her calf had joined a resident herd of others in August, and at the time it had not been noticed that, in fact, she was extremely unwell. This rescue alert came too late for us to be able to take action that evening, so Batian Craig, the Manager of Ol Pejeta, assigned a guard to keep an eye on the calf during the night, and ensure that it was not targeted by predators attracted to the body of its dead mother or wander away and be unable to be found the next day. The Ranch lies within the foothills of Mount Kenya, whose three highest peaks are named after the famous early Masai Witchdoctor/Chieftains, Batian, Nelion and Lenana. Because of this, and since Ol Pejeta Ranch lies within the shadow of Mount Kenya, we felt it appropriate that our latest little female orphan, who is about 14 months old, be named Lenana.
15 years old
19 September 2006
Laikipia, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
17 June 2005
Age at Rescue
15 months old (approx)
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Lenana could not wait to celebrate her joy at becoming a first-time mum with the people who raised her: still wobbly on his legs, she shepherded him to meet us at our Ithumba stockades on the evening of Saturday 22nd August 2020. With the moon rising in the sky as they arrived, we have chosen the name Lapa for Lenana's first calf, which means 'moon' in Samburu.
Lapa and Lenana
Lenana and Lapa leading the ex-orphan group
Lenana, Lapa and Naseku
Barsilinga, Lapa and Lenana
Lenana and Lapa with the orphans
Lenana, her baby Lapa and the other ex-orphans
Lenana, Lapa and nannies drinking
Lenana with her baby Lapa